Low Price: Pushing Farmers off the Land
- Corporate agribusiness, through its market power and its influence over policy makers, is the driving force in setting farm policies. 1
- As a result, the market prices of most crops, effectively set by domestic farm policy, are well below the cost of operating the farm.2 This enables multinational corporations to buy raw materials at the lowest possible cost while farmers struggle to cover the cost of production.
- To make up for the huge gap, between market prices and production costs, the U.S. government uses taxpayer dollars to provide farm subsidies. Unfortunately, these billions most often go to corporate farms not family farms. 3
Genetic Engineering: The Elimination of Farmers’ Rights and Livelihoods
- Two multinational companies, Monsanto and DuPont, dominate the US seed industry. 4
- Farmers who buy genetically engineered seeds are forced to sign contracts that dictate how and when the crop can be grown and deny farmers the right to save seed for the following year.
- Many farmers, whose crops have been contaminated by GE pollen drift, have been sued, by Monsanto, for unknowingly and unwillingly "possessing" GE seeds.
Corporate Food: Higher Quantity, Lower Quality
- Corporate food has to travel almost 1,500 miles on average to get to your dinner plate. It is picked or processed days in advance and it is often specially treated, processed, genetically engineered, or irradiated. 5
- Agribusinesses already process and market 95% of the food in the US. 6
Corporate Concentration: Removing Consumer Choice for Local, Fresh Food
Just like the farmer who can no longer sell his goods to a variety of buyers, consumers may soon lose their food choices. This is a real danger; by the time American consumers realize that corporate food is not always good food, all the local or independent companies could already be gone - eliminated by the corporate giants. To prevent this from happening, Farm Aid partners with and supports family farm organizations that fight for fair farm policies at local, national and international levels. These advocates help give family farmers the tools they need to bypass corporate giants and create a family farmed food supply.
Source: Farm Aid